Maple and Cherry Box #1: First Blog - The (Mis)adventures of my Maple and Cherry Box

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Blog entry by Cheapguy82 posted 01-02-2017 06:11 PM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the past month, I’ve gotten into making boxes. The ones that I made so far have let me try some new skills/tools out and have let me practice finishing methods. The latest box that I am working on is much the same…

Since I have been making boxes for others, I decided to try one out for myself. Basically, I wanted to try some new stuff out that would look really nice if it came off, but if it got screwed up, I have no deadline or person to disappoint…so I figure that it’s a win-win type of deal.

I am building a box that will hold part of a coin collection. Basically, the first idea was to have three rows with separations to hold coins in their plastic holders, upright and another row with a removable tray for oddly shaped items or for ones that are not in the same holders as the rest.

I wanted to make the box out of the rest of some curly maple wood that I had purchased about 2 years ago that I used to build my fly fishing rod case (I posted that project) and the gift box for my friend who helped me make my rod (I posted this project as well). I wanted to take some rough…very rough…like FIREWOOD rough cherry wood that a friend had given me a while back as well. I wanted to make the box where the maple was the majority of the surface with stripes of the cherry running continuously off the solid top and through the sides. I also wanted to make cherry splines for the corners and a friction fit lid. Of all of these things, I had never:

1. Made a solid top box
2. Made a box with striping running like I was attempting
3. Made separators for the inside of a box I was expecting to learn and be challenged a bit. Well…by ‘a bit’, I mean ‘a lot’.

So…here goes nothing. If you’re interested in following along with me as I screw things up and try to fix them so nobody would notice, please continue reading and I thank you! It has been ‘interesting’ so far…

-- Stephen - Georgia

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